Route One Footprint

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Route One Footprint

Our Sustainability Statement

We believe that our planet is in crisis, and we want to do something about it. Therefore, we are looking at the environmental and social footprint of everything that we do and making conscious decisions to reduce it. We strive towards sustainable and ethical practices that value people, planet and profit in equal measure.

Our Supply Chain

Positive change starts with a commitment to openness, so our Sustainability and Ethics team are working closely with our suppliers to deliver the level of traceability that we aspire to. The nature of the retail industry makes it difficult to trace the supply chain from farm to factory to retailer. The main issue lies in the lack of standardisation, as information is exchanged between various parts of the supply chain. We are committed to addressing this problem and getting greater transparency and traceability from our partners. Currently, we are drafting an Ethical Trading Policy, Chemical Compliance Report, Modern Slavery Statement, and Transparency Pledge. We will share this information with you shortly and measure our suppliers against these goals.

Our Operations

Whilst our greatest environmental and ethical impact lies in our supply chain, we also believe that the little things matter. From recycled toilet paper to returnable glass milk bottles, we are committed to reducing the footprint of our headquarters, warehouse and stores.

Packaging

We have introduced recyclable paper bags in our stores, replacing plastic carriers that require oil to make, threaten wildlife and pollute our planet.

Plastic carrier bags are used, on average, for 12 minutes, but they have a life expectancy of up to 1000 years. Even when they eventually break-down, they leave behind micro-plastics with harmful impacts on the environment. With this in mind, we decided to stop using plastic bags in our stores and we’re working on switching to biodegradable packaging for on-line purchases soon. 

Recycling 

We sort un-sold and faulty stock into groups to be either recycled, or auctioned for charity, and we ensure that no unnecessary waste is sent to landfill, striving to re-use and re-cycle whenever possible.

We are excited about our new Deckcycle project in Route One stores. We’re offering £5 off a new deck to anyone bringing in their old or broken decks to be recycled. Partnering with local grassroots carpenters and artists, we hope to transform the old decks into new decks, jewellery and deck-art.

Around 2 million skateboards end up in landfill each year in the USA! On that basis we estimate that 350,000 end up in landfill in the UK. We want to stop this waste and instead up-cycle skateboards, reducing the strain put on our planet and its natural resources, whilst also supporting local grassroots organisations working to make a difference.

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Energy

When our warehouse, office and store lights need replacing we are installing energy efficient LED bulbs and motion sensors to limit unnecessary energy waste. We are also looking into alternative energy providers to cut down on our carbon footprint overall.

Our Delivery Couriers

Our most widely used courier service, DPD, is committed to making every parcel carbon neutral. They do this by measuring and reducing their CO2 emissions and then offsetting remaining emissions with carbon credits. 

Selecting our CollectPlus delivery option has environmental benefits too! Many parcels can be delivered from our warehouse to a collection point in one journey and there is no need for multiple trips due to unsuccessful first-time deliveries.

Engaging Customers

We want to make it easier for our customers to be environmentally and socially conscious whilst continuing, as always, to enjoy the skate and snow scene. Therefore, we are promoting positive sustainability efforts of our suppliers on our website to give the consumer greater control over what they buy and the impact that it has.

Knowledge is power!

 

If you have any further questions about Route One’s social and environmental responsibility, please don’t hesitate to contact our Sustainability Projects Team at sustainability@routeone.co.uk.